PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — While working at the front desk for Portland Community College, Kimberly Hamilton said a man walked in and stole her purse.
A few days later, she and her co-workers were on their lunch break when they saw a man standing on the corner. Hamilton recognized the man, down to his boots, because she had seen the surveillance video.
“I said, ‘You have my ring. You’re the man who stole my purse,” she told KOIN 6 News.
The man fled, and she lost sight of him when he got on a MAX train. “We just chased him, through the train, on the train, off the train and up 5th Avenue,” she said.
Hamilton thought that was it, but filed a police report.
About 15 minutes later, police found the suspect — Richard Shane Dittrich, who has a long criminal history.
In her handbag were two pieces of family jewelry, her cellphone and credit cards.
“He had quite a good time charging TriMet tickets,” she said.
Unfortunately, her jewelry was gone.
In hindsight, she should have been more prudent and not chased the suspect.
“At that moment, I was just furious,” she said.
Dittrich is charged with first-degree theft and is scheduled to be in court next week.